Lost Milwaukee: Southgate
“Southgate has been a blight for some time now,” stated Alderwoman Annette Scherbert in the June 23, 1999 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But 48 years earlier, Southgate was the It Mall — and the scene of retail history in the making. “Southgate’s family party was such a success Thursday that the hosts could hardly believe it,” cried the Milwaukee Journal. With the release of...
The Secret History of Capitol Court →
CAPITOL COURT CENTER, originally an open-air venue, was developed by Ed Schuster and Company and designed by Seattle’s John Graham, Jr. . The 745,000 square foot, $20 million dollar shopping hub was a single-level structure with a service basement / arcade level.
Lost Milwaukee: The Kooky Cooky House
Capitol Court shopping center opened in 1956 at the intersection of Capitol Drive, 60th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue, then considered to be Milwaukee’s “golden triangle” for retail development. Despite being surrounded by 500,000 potential shoppers within a five mile radius, family favorite Capitol Court was abandoned and razed 45 years later. It’s funny. When you ask people what they...